It was a mildly frigid Friday night in January when I decided to attend an indie Hip-Hop event in North Texas. I was among a diverse set of patrons; some came to support local artists, others came for the drink specials and a good night out, and a few attendants underdressed for a cool January evening may have come for different purposes altogether. But unlike others that had waited in line with me, I did not come to drink, nor dance. I came for one particular reason: Bruce Parker.
Tevin Rogers, better known by his stage name Bruce Parker, performed later that evening along with the Channel X collective. I had been anxious to see Parker take command of the stage. Just weeks prior to the performance, I was handed a pressed copy of his demo, which stayed in heavy rotation of my vehicle’s sound system until well after that show. There was just so much that drew me into his music; that creative, rhythmic flow, the multi-syllabic lyricism and, Bruce Parker’s ability to get his listeners in tune with the vibe that is set within each track. All of these qualities were present during his performance as well. But it didn’t stop there – Parker’s stage presence, the engagement with the audience, shifting in and out of various spots on stage while performing alongside the Channel X posse; all this observable skill hinted that Bruce Parker was far beyond your average local rapper.
More than fifteen months have passed since that mildly frigid January performance and my ability to recount the event reveals how captivating Bruce Parker’s set truly was. During the elapsed time Parker has been networking and strategizing, working hard on perfecting his craft. He has just released a new single titled Blindside, and will deliver a debut performance of the song at the Crown & Harp in Dallas on June 6th. In between his studio sessions and meetings with promoters and event coordinators, I had the opportunity catch up with the promising Parker for a brief Q and A.
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After listening to this throwback demo mixtape of Kanye instrumentals, the phrase “I Love The Old Kanye” definitely holds true. Consisting of eight unreleased beats, the tape was originally owned by a Miami record exec who passed in the early 2000’s and has been auctioned off twice since. The new owner and Soundcloud user Trilly Madison decided to be a true hero, and upload the whole tape for streaming.
The soulful, sample heavy, laid back instrumentals are works of simplistic beauty that showcase a sound far removed from Kanye’s more recent productions. Yet this tape is a true representation of the sound which made Kanye one of the most sought out producers in his early career.
Stream the entire project below, and pray to the hip-hop gods that more tapes like these get unearthed.
Mike Dean has helped build sounds for many of our favorite artists; most notably Kanye, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Selena, and Travis Scott. Now the Houston born producer is making waves of his own with a string of releases on Soundcloud. His latest one is a synth heavy trap instrumental, reminiscent of the vibe we got from Yeezus. Stream “Perle de Gris” below as well another recent release, “Grande Faucon”.
The dynamic duo, Cam’ron and Juelz Santana, bring back that classic Dipset sound on their new track “Oh Yeah”. Stream it below and be on catch Cam on The Smoker’s Club Tour this summer.
When it comes to getting the vibe right Fargo is the dude with the right tracks to do it. His newest mix series, The LI Times, shows us how versatile of a DJ he really is, and this second episode primarily focuses in on smooth electronic and hip hop sounds. This is the perfect mix to wind down to on on this cloudy Sunday afternoon. Listen to The LI Times Episode 2 below and find the upbeat Episode 1 on Soundcloud.
After a couple run throughs, it is easy to say that Chance The Rapper’s new album, Coloring Book, is the most soulful and epic sounding hip hop records in the last couple of years. This album shouts at you, sings to you, teases you, and lifts you within the span of 14 original produced tracks.
This is the follow up to his critically acclaimed Acid Rap – the 2013 mixtape which took him from local Chicago rapper, to the genre’s most sought after independent artists. Since then he’s picked up a lot of superstar friends, some of whom appear on this album including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Future, and Kirk Franklin.
You can download the album for free on several mixtape sites, as well as stream it on Apple Music.
New Zealand’s electronic R&B group Leisure link up with Goldlink for their newest track titled “Nobody”. The combination of talents made a relaxing track to vibe out to on this rainy New York afternoon. Stream it above.
Known as a Soundcloud golden child, Kaytranada quickly became a household name for blogs ever since posting his first remixes to the music sharing platform. Three years later, and the Montreal native producer is now putting out one of the years most anticipated albums in 99.9%. From the moment he dropped “GLOWED UP” featuring Anderson.Paak, it was certain amongst those awaiting the LP release, that it would exceed all expectations. With the album now out, and multiple tour dates selling out quickly, it seems as though this will be the year Kaytranada truly gets his, and goes beyond his internet fame.
Stream the entire album below and find it now on iTunes.